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Gibson Family Health Care In The News

  • Personal Support Worker hopes 2022 is better than year before

    Cassandra Cornelius hopes this New Year will bring better fortune than 2021.

    Talking about the past year during a break at Helen Henderson Care Centre where she has worked for the past 10 years as a Personal Support Worker (PSW), the 30-year-old Napanee woman describes the past year as difficult due to the pandemic and other hardships.

    “I’m so done with 2021. I can’t handle it anymore,” she says with sincerity. “I don’t know how I’m still standing. I should be down-and-out. This year has wiped me out.”

    A valued staff at the home who is known for her resilience, Cassandra’s New Year may already be looking up because she is the Employee of the Month for January 2022.

    Appearing pleased with the workplace award she received for providing assisted daily living to 104 residents in long-term care, she replies quickly when asked about her job, “I love it here. I like the staff and really enjoy working with my residents. I look at it as their home and I try to make their day better with a smile and by creating a safe and comfortable environment.”

    Cassandra says she enjoys all aspects of her work.

    “I like all of it,” she confirms. “I like to be here for my residents. I like to be their voice. I especially like to work on Reception Three which specializes in dementia and Alzheimer’s.”


  • Carveth Culture Club to study Poland this January

    by Krystyna Sikora, Activity Aide

    Carveth Culture Club is studying Poland this January which is a country near and dear to my heart.

    I lived in Poland for 26 years and left in the summer of 1986. After living in Italy at a refugee camp for 18 months, we arrived in Canada in February 1988. People from Poland left the country for different reasons, but mostly because life was hard under communist regime.

    There is a lot I loved about Poland. It has beautiful landscapes, lakes, mountains, and 800 km of sandy coastline. Deciding to live in a foreign country is a big step and sometimes you must sacrifice some things. I miss my two brothers and their families, my friends and some food that I can't buy or make here such as a kind of bread.

    I also miss Polish culture and traditions such as Name Day (Imieniny). Poles celebrate their name day commemorating the Saint they were named after. The names associated with each day are listed in all calendars in Poland, so the name day is often more important than birthday because everyone remembers it. Mine is on March 13th and on that day, I receive cards, phone calls, emails from my family and friends in Poland. The same goes on my birthday from family and friends in Canada.

    One of the biggest differences between Poland and Canada is size. Canada is 32 times bigger than Poland. Meanwhile, the population of Poland is 38.2 million people, about half a million less people live in Canada. Ontario is 3.5 times bigger than Poland. Wow!